Donald Butler | San Diego Chargers | LB
2013 Experience: 4th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: No doubt about it, Butler was a disappointment for IDP owners last season. I had big expectations for Butler in is first year as a three down player and inconsistent play early on and injury squad that idea.
To Butler’s credit he did play at a more consistent start-worthy level in the second half of the season, but injury cost him three games down the stretch.
I still like Butler and he could bounce back as a solid LB2 option but we should view him as more of an LB3 on draft day. Manti Teo will start at the other inside linebacker position but that might not be a bad thing for Butler’s future if the young linebacker can’t hold up in sub-package work.
What we should feel good about with Butler is that he can get to the quarterback and could be a candidate for six or more sacks, if he can hold up for a full 16 games. In all, Butler is worth drafting with the expectation of starting him weekly, but that could change because of injury or inconsistent play.
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2012 IDP Fantasy Projection
Like Donald Butler’s player profile on the Chargers website points out, the team thought highly of him in the 2010 draft and traded up to get him in the third round. Expecting big things, Butler unfortunately tore his Achilles tendon in training camp and missed his rookie year.
Fast-forward to 2011, a two down linebacker, Butler was highly effective as a solid run stuffer while producing two sacks, two fumbles and an interception.
This is going to be one of my favorite sleepers (if you can call him that), because I like his odds of growing into a three down role, now two years removed from his injury. Maybe he’s not the greatest in pass protection, but the Chargers must realize he’s too valuable to take off the field and has the stock to be a leader in this defense.
Keep a close eye on Butler in preseason to see if he’s being worked in on passing downs and how effective he is. This is a linebacker that could easily hold LB1 value if he should keep a three down role in this situation. Another positive for Butler his he has a high solo tackle rate in comparison to his overall tackle total. This is a stud waiting to happen!
Update August 17th – The Chargers are working Butler in sub-packages in the preseason, opting to take Spikes off the field instead. Butler has low-end LB1 upside but you can probably get him a little cheaper.